Minutes: April 11, 2012
Members excused: Nancy Proctor, Mike DiMauro, Sr.
Others present: Mike Matthews, Lionel Gilibert, Tom LaPenta, Judy Allarey
Meeting called to order by Mr. LaPenta.
Mr. LaPenta introduced Lionel Gilibert and Mike Matthews from the Budget Office, who came to speak to the group about Revenue–Based Budgeting (RBB). According to Mr. Gilibert, RBB is a distribution model to distribute basic budget revenue and basic budget expenses. The idea behind RBB is to incentivize entrepreneurial activities within the colleges to develop new revenue streams. For additional information on the RBB, visit the Budget Office website at: http://www.udel.edu/Budget/RBB_Overview_Presentation_%28Nov11%29.pdf
The University offers mortgage settlement help of $5000 to faculty and professional staff-- is it possible to transfer some of that money to help pay for hearing aids, which is not covered by insurance? Does the ADA Office have funding or know of a program that may help? Tom Webb, Director, Disability Support Services, said that the DSS office does not have funding for students, faculty or staff when it comes to purchasing hearing aids. The University health insurance typically does not cover them either unless it is for a child. The way the law views hearing aids is that they are considered a personal service/item. DSS support students, faculty and staff that have hearing aids by offering them auxiliary aids in the form of FM systems or other assistive technology that connects to their hearing aids so they can hear the speaker (on the phone, in the meeting, etc.) more clearly. Here is a resource that may be helpful:
A constituent asked why salaried staff members need to complete yearly evaluations? Who reviews these evaluations once they are signed off by your supervisor? Does anyone review them or are they just filed away? Does poor evaluation affect job security? For faculty, does it affect them if they are trying to obtain tenure? Mr. LaPenta responded that for all employees, evaluations are seen by their supervisor, and the managers above them in their organization. As a result merit increases are distributed according to the scores that each employee receives.
The additional central lot parking spaces behind Pearson Hall is always filled with the construction workers from the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) construction site from across the street. According to Transportation and Parking Services, construction workers pay for parking as do all employees who wish to park on campus.
An employee who is visually impaired was crossing the intersection at Wyoming Street and was almost hit by a passing car. Constituent would like to know if it is possible to put a sign so that people may be aware and could take precaution when driving in this area. Public Safety will share this information with City of Newark as this intersection falls under their jurisdiction
Meeting adjourned at 4:45 pm